Today, leaders from two Maine health systems announced enhancements in their affiliation that will bring additional world-class specialty services to the residents of Central Maine starting in August.
Clinical and administrative representatives from MaineHealth/Maine Medical Center and Covenant Health/St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center have committed to expansion and centralization of pediatric subspecialty services to be provided at St. Mary’s by physicians from The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center.
These pediatric subspecialty services include Gastroenterology, Pulmonary, Endocrinology, and Genetics. The Pulmonary and Gastroenterology practices are home to Maine’s only Board-certified pediatric pulmonologists and gastroenterologists. The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital pediatric endocrinologists currently see patients at St. Mary’s offices.
“Our goal is to provide centralized local access to the world-class specialty care available through The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center so parents and their sick children don’t always have to travel to Portland,” says St. Mary’s CEO Lee Myles.
“We understand the burden that travel sometimes places upon parents and their children as they are treated for and recover from serious illness and conditions,” says MMC President and CEO Richard Petersen. “This collaboration means families will have access to key medical services closer to home.”
Pediatric subspecialists will see patients at St. Mary’s in the office building located at 100 Campus Avenue, Lewiston. When more advanced care is required and travel to The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital is necessary, the local presence will support seamless coordination for patients to see a Maine Medical Partners physician in greater Portland.
Both Myles and Petersen believe this is another step toward an enhanced relationship between the two systems and hospitals.
“This is a natural extension of the relationship between St. Mary’s and Maine Medical Center,” says Myles. “It provides a future path for collaboration that likely will result in local access to additional, specialized care services for the Lewiston/Auburn communities.”